The Ninjabread Man

by C. J. Leigh, Illustrated By Chris Gall

Orchard Books
October 2016

Ages 5 – 7 . Grades Kindergarten – 2

Library of Congress: 2015031343

Lexile measure: AD720L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

"Try, try, as best as you can,
you can't beat me,
I'm the Ninjabread Man!"

In this fun spinoff of the classic "Gingerbread Man" story, Sensei makes an age-old recipe for ninjabread. But the cookie escapes from the oven and runs loose!

Can the Ninjabread Man trick Ninja Bear, Ninja Snake, Ninja Mouse, and Ninja Fox? In the end, the clever Ninja Fox outsmarts the Ninjabread Man.

This action-packed ninja adventure features a wise sensei, adorable ninja animals, and one hard-to-catch cookie -- all brought to life by award-winning Dinotrux illustrator Chris Gall!
Chris Gall

Chris Gall is the illustrator of Little Red's Riding 'Hood and the award-winning author and illustrator of Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, and Cat vs. Dog. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him online at
C. J. Leigh

C. J. Leigh is a mysterious author of mysterious books for children. He has lived in a lot of mysterious places, but he currently resides in the most mysterious place of all, Brooklyn, New York.


  • Praise for Dinotrux by Chris Gall:
    * "Dinotrux ruled their world, and now they're likely to rule this one too. Bellow on!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Comically overheated narration... fire-roasted settings and hilariously imagined creatures." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for Little Red's Riding 'Hood by Peter Stein and illustrated by Chris Gall:
    "It's Gall's bold pictures that give the narrative its horsepower." -- Publishers Weekly

    "Gall's digital artwork is filled with bold colors and fine-lined textures. He cleverly uses the vehicles' parts to make their faces, right down to Granny's pearl earrings -- her side mirrors." -- Kirkus Reviews

    "The bold, bright illustrations by Gall are full of action and absurdity." -- Booklist



ISBN: 9780545814300

40pp. | 9 x 9